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CAN MICHAEL RUN HIS OWN RESTAURANT?

I’m late, I’m late.  I know  this blog is late!  I’m so sorry. I had to head out of town for a funeral.  I know…it’s a sad topic.  But, this won’t bring you down, I promise.  This one is about support from loved ones and the power of family.

Family comes in all forms.  Sometimes, you don’t even know who they are.  I didn’t know 2 of my aunts until I turned 17.  I stepped of the plane, in my shy teenage years, anxious to meet these women for the first time.  I’ve never felt what Family felt like before this moment.  They hugged me, kissed me, and loved me like they had since the moment that I had been born.

My Aunt Myrna passed away this past week.  But don’t frown….as her widower put it: she was only happy when she was making you smile.  She used to have water fights with her children—inside the house!  It drove her mother nuts!  So, what did Myrna do?  She drove her mother more nuts!  She called her mother one day and said:

“Ma! Guess what I’m doing right now?!?  I’m running….With scissors!”

My family at Quench really stepped it up for me when I had to head out of town for the celebration of Myrna’s life.  I was leaving for the weekend.

Oh. MY. God.

I’ve been in the restaurant business for about 15 years, and I don’t take off many weekends.  And I had to leave the restaurant to Michael?!?  I mean, it is HIS restaurant, but I’ve been trying to do more and more of everything, because he is just so busy with his other businesses and his family.  Can I trust him to make sure everything is running smoothly?

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Yep, sure could.  Our Quench family held it down!!  Special thanks to Jasmine, Kelsey, and Bryan for working extra hours and making sure that things went well.

Please know that this Family feeling is what we want you to experience when you come into Quench.  Get to know us.  We want to get to know you.  We love to give hugs, but it’s not a requirement!  Have opinions about our menu?  Let me know!  We want to hear from you!

Want to gather YOUR family here?  We have space for you; let us know ahead of time!  Kris is part of our family and she spends hours designing events and planning parties, all in between spending time with her own family.

Another ‘member’ of our family is about to follow through with his dream! Uprising Muffins is opening in the next week or so near Howard University, in DC. Go check them out!  We’re so proud of you Donnie—Congratulations!

So, bring your friends, family, even your dogs (when it’s nice enough for the patio), and come join your family at Quench.

Make sure you say hi—to Michael—because now, I’m about to start taking off more weekends!

Cheers,

Melissa


 

BLOGS, DOGS, AND PHOTOGS

 

BLOGS, DOGS, AND PHOTOGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Dog smells like Fritos.

 

Not the Chili-Cheese flavor. Nor the Honey BBQ. She doesn’t smell like Spicy Jalapeno, or Wild ‘n Mild Ranch (ew). The smell doesn’t even remind me of the Big Scoop Fritos. It’s the Original Frito smell.

I don’t know why. I just know that when I’m welcomed home by her, I get a whiff of what is reminiscent of that scent. The Original Frito Scent.

I love my dog. I hate that my dog smells like Fritos.

Also, she hates bananas. She’ll take a banana in her mouth, throw it, pounce on it, pick it up between her two front teeth, and throw it again. It’s these little idiosyncrasies about her that make me smile. As I try not to breathe in through my nose.

Are you a dog-owner? Please think about Quench when you’re out on your weekend errands. Have the dog with you, no worries! Stop in for a bite and a cocktail on the patio, and we’ll be more than happy to give your dog some water, snacks and belly-rubs.

Our great new patio will be open in the next week (weather permitting). We’ll have new heaters, new cushions, a few new tables, and some awesome lights for a better ambiance. Can you tell we’re excited for warm weather?

Also, as always: Open Mic is on Tuesdays (there is some great local talent involved and you can win yourself a paying gig); Wednesday is Game Night (with fun entertainment like Jenga and Cards Against Humanity); Thursday’s we offer 1/2 price wine bottles and $1 Local Oysters. Friday and Saturday, it’d be a good idea to make a reservation on CityEats, but we still allow room for walk-ins too! Sundays, in addition to our great brunch and dinner service, we’ve also partnered with Stars-n-Bars Poker for free Hold ‘Em tournaments starting at 3pm and 5:30pm (with food specials). I don’t know how to play, but Michael is determined to teach me. And probably take all of my money.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our Advisory Board Members (guests who offer opinions, help taste test, etc).

First up: Helen, an amazing and spirited photographer, business-owner, and mother! website blog FaceBook twitter IG

Helen Photographer

 

“Hi, I’m Helen. I settled down three miles from the home I grew up in and absolutely love the DC area. It’s where my heart is. I’m a full time portrait photographer and mom of two young energetic boys that love small creatures and getting dirty. When I do something, it’s always with passion. My mantra is work hard, laugh often, choose happiness.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Quench Advisory Board for so many reasons, but my top five are: 1) the food is ridiculously good. really. 2) i can always use an excuse to eat and drink at Quench 3) the level of talent featured during nights with live music is incredible 4) I love helping other local small businesses 5) Quench ROCKS.

Shameless Plug: I’m doing Mother’s day photo sessions on May 4th. Book a spot, cross Mom’s Day gift off your to-do. Sign up for the “signature session” on 5/4 HERE.

If you haven’t been by Quench lately, stop over tomorrow evening (3/18) for the always-awesome open mic night. I’ll be there giving away $50 Helen John Photography gift certificates to anyone for just saying hi and introducing yourself to me!”

Thank Helen, and thanks everyone, for reading our very first QuenchNationBlog!

Cheers,

Melissa


 

Host Your Special Event With Us at the Q!

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We’ve had a very busy June- lots of live music, private parties, happy hours, and more!  As July takes center stage and we head into the heat of the summer, let Quench be the hot-spot for your next big event!

We’ve got a a comfy lounge, a fantastic outdoor patio, friendly staff, delicious drinks and delectable eats! Our summer menu will be debuting tomorrow at the Q (as well as our new and improved happy hour!), featuring some lighter fare and local produce, and we have new craft cocktails coming up regularly.  Lindsay, our Events Manager, would be happy to help you coordinate your event.  Feel free to reach out to her via the contact form found here, or send her an email directly at Lindsay@Quenchnation.com!

While we are happy to host your party or event at Quench during our business hours Tuesday thru Saturday, we can also offer our venue for private events on Sunday’s and Monday’s.  For anyone unfamiliar, we host Mixology Classes, Weekly Events, and Beer/Wine Tastings regularly! Feel free to inquire for more information and to plan your next shindig with us today!

Don’t Forget About Our Mixology Classes!

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MixologyIt’s summertime, Quench Nation!  Which means nice weather, pool days, relaxing evenings on the patio, and our favorite…. tasty, laid-back cocktails!

We’ve had a LOT going on at Quench- but our Mixology Classes are about to get started up again! Every other Monday night beginning in July, our senior Mixologist, Matt Allred, hosts students in his “classroom” and teaches them how to become a Mixologist on their own.  With instructional help, taste testing and Q&A, Matt is a great teacher and sends you home like you’re Tom Cruise off the movie Cocktail.  He teaches you how to craft three different drinks, and at the end allows each student behind the bar to create their own masterpiece!  Best of all, the guest with the tastiest drink gets it featured on our seasonal cocktail menu; so bring your A game in terms of creativity and innovation!

Our next class is scheduled for Monday, July 1st! Are you signed up yet? We have also set up classes for July 15th, July 29th and August 12th.  SO whether you are trying to think of a creative idea for a date, need some team building for you and your colleagues at work, or you just want to come out and learn how to make some good drinks with a friend, let the Mixology Masters show you how it’s done at Quench!

SIGN UP HERE!

C.A.S.E. Happy Hour Event!

The Center for Adoption Services and Education will be hosting a happy hour event on Tuesday, June 18th! Starting at 6pm, 10% of food sales for all happy hour participants will be donated from Quench to C.A.S.E.

With the mission to strengthen the well-being of foster and adoptive families, C.A.S.E. offers counseling, community building, training and education and youth development.  They envision that everyone touched by foster care and adoption has access to the adoption-competent support necessary to navigate their lifelong journey.

So come out and support C.A.S.E., have some drinks and some good eats, and come get QUENCHED!

CASE Event

Barbeque Catering Now Available- Yum!

summer barbeque

summer barbequeWe announced last month that Quench now OFFICIALLY offers our sister service, Quench Events- the answer to all of your catering needs.  We offer everything from Mediterranean to Asian-Inspired cuisine, and can accommodate a party of ten to a party of 1,000!

With that being said, we figured summer time would be ideal to share our new Barbeque Menu with our beloved Quench Nation!  So if you don’t have the time to run to the store before your next party, or the kids have five sport practice’s tomorrow morning and you just don’t have the energy to fix everything, let Quench Events take care of it all for you!  We have a bunch of tasty options, as well as completely reasonable pricing.

Want to learn more? Check out the new BBQ Catering Menu here! And for any inquiries, questions or reservations, please reach out to our wonderful Quench Events Catering & Business Development Manager, Kris Pokress via the form found here, or by email at Kris@Quenchnation.com!

Cheers to a happy and wonderful summer, Quench Nation! Be safe out there!

Beer Baron Ball Tickets Are Now Available!

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  As we mentioned last week, the Beer Barons Ball is back by popular demand!  Round 2 will be taking place Sunday May 19th at 6pm.  Are you ready?  Here are a few ideas of  we have in store for you!

  • IPA Mussels with Shallots
  • Stout Braised Lamb Tacos
  • Five Spiced Strip Steak

We are so excited to be hosting the NERD Brewing Company once again, and we all truly can’t wait to host you at Quench for another Beer Pairing Dinner. We had a blast last time; so if you missed out, make sure you get your tickets asap so it doesn’t happen again!

 

Get your tickets here and come GET QUENCHED! Any and all questions can be referred to our Events Manager, Lindsay, at Lindsay@Quenchnation.com.  See you next Sunday, beer lovers!

Beer Barons Ball, Round Two!

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beers

We had so much fun at the last round of our beer pairing dinner, that we just HAD to do it again for the spring/summer!  Join us Sunday, May 19th at 6pm for five rounds of delicious brews from NERD Brewing Company and complementing cuisine from our head Quench chef.  Beers will include:

Honey Lavender Wheat
Pacific Jade - Hop Burst IPA
Kate The Clone - Russian Imperial Stout
The Rhineland Tingler - Szechuan Peppercorn Kolsch

Ginger Lime Saison- back by popular demand!

Our kitchen is busy creating a decadent menu for you guys, and we absolutely can’t wait to host another successful event!  Come out and support NERD, Quench and the your love for beer!  We will have tickets on sale within the next week, so get ready!

Attention Root Beer Lovers!

thunder beast root beer

thunder beast root beer

We are happy to announce a very special happy hour event this coming Tuesday.  Our friends at Thunder Beast Root Beer have selected Quench as a “sneak preview” spot to host some samples and tastings, which will include multiple Thunder Beast drinks and some extra special cocktails created by our lead Mixologist, Matt Allred.

Thunder Beast is a DC Micro brew that is especially focused on root beer, as opposed to other local breweries who sway more towards the beer side.  Thunder Beast will be in the house from 3-close on April 30th, so be sure to make an appearance, meet the Thunder Beast owner and see what all the buzz is about!  Quench is hoping to be a home for the Thunder Beast brand once their root beers are publicly available.

Any and all feedback and company would be much appreciated, see you guys there!

Introducing… Melissa!

Hey there–My name is Melissa and I’ve been working in restaurants for over 14 years.  I grew up in Damascus, MD, spent 8 years in N.C. for school and work, and then headed back up to the DC area, which is where I’ve been for the last 6 years. I decided to join with the awesome Quench team, when I decided to get away from corporate restaurants.  I am extremely passionate about providing really great service, and super-excited to do some cool promotions with the bar and marketing team.  In my free time, I love heading to Sugarloaf Mountain with my golden/basset mix (seriously, she’s too cute!), I’m (slowly) picking up a running habit, and I love, love, love going to live music shows and music festivals.  If the sun is shining, you’ll probably find me outside somewhere (unless I’m busy at Quench)!  I completely and fully believe in this brand and the vision for the restaurant, so if any of you have any advice, suggestions, or concerns…please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I can’t wait to meet all of our awesome guests!